Abraham Goodhart, 88, a retired teacher and school counselor who later took up acting as a background extra, died Sept. 8, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Born in New York City, Goodhart spent a good part of his childhood in Strawberry Mansion. He served in the military for four years during World War II with the Third Army Corps of Engineers and, afterwards, attended the Philadelphia Normal School. He later attended Temple University on the GI Bill, where he completed all coursework for a master's degree in education.
He spent the largest part of his working life in the Philadelphia School system, first as a teacher of elementary schoolchildren and later as a school counselor.
After his retirement, Goodhart became a writer and contributed numerous essays to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Jewish Exponent and other local publications.
He also worked in the entertainment industry, performing as a comedian in Philadelphia venues.
During the final decade of his life, Goodhart took up a second career as a TV and movie actor. He appeared as a background extra in numerous episodes of the popular TV show "Hack," and subsequently joined the Screen Actors Guild and worked in the same capacity in the films "In Her Shoes," "Lady in the Lake," "The Happening," "National Treasure," "Rocky Balboa" and the forthcoming "Tenure," among others.
His biggest role was a featured part in the independent film, "The 4th Dimension," in which the now-decaying Byberry State Hospital plays a critical part.
Goodhart is survived by sons Sandor Goodhart and Raymond Goodhart; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Evelyn Love Goodhart, in November 2004.
Memorial donations can be sent to: the Deborah Hospital Foundation, 212 Trenton Rd., Browns Mills, N.J. 08015.